|Originally posted by Whisker's mom
Pat, I'd love to hear more about that. I think that is one of my biggest weaknesses. Carbs.
I think Half.com has this book for very reasonable...but this is the second of three books by the Hellers...each book reflected their continued experiences (they developed this by doing it themselves for their weight and health issues) and research. I prefer this middle book - The Carbohydrateaddicts Lifespan Program by Drs. Richard and Rachel Heller.
In a nutshell, there is a quiz to take to see if this is an appropriate diet for you - it isn't for everyone, it isn't a diet to lose weight so much as a diet to correct postprandial hyperinsulinemia (over production of insulin after a meal). It controls the timing and amount of carbohydrate intake, balancing all carbs (even low carb veggies have carbs) with protein (and fat). It only has a few simple rules. You only eat foods that are on their list of craving reducing foods (cm foods) for up to two meals a day and snacks, you must have one reward meal (rm) a day - it may not be skipped though if you are truly not hungry it may be your only meal of the day, and you must finish eating your rm within 60 minutes. All meals and snacks must be at least 90 minutes apart. There is a list of RM foods, but the rule really is, if not listed on the cm lists, it's a rm food <G>, so that kind of makes it easy!
I love this way of eating for allowing me to be able to have any food I want - so long as I have it at my rm and balance it. There is no measuring, no counting of fat grams, no weighing. For rm, you start with salad - they do say for this it should be at least two cups (or an amount of cm veggie), and your rm is to be your plate divided in thirds - one third protein, one third cm veggie, one third carb - which includes any drink or dessert.
I've had cholesterol tests show a dramatic improvement in my LDL (much lower), and triglyceride levels. This is contrary to what you will be told to expect when doing as I do - eating real butter, full fat cheese, eggs and bacon for breakfast - but the Hellers explain how controlling hyperinsulinemia brings those values back under control. I also love that when I eat this way, the hunger goes away..no more restless "I want something" that would send me snacking but leave me unsatisfied. I eat, am full, and don't think of food again for hours...can walk through a bakery etc. and not have a mental battle. It's normalcy, it's peace,I think it's wonderful
That's a brief introduction!